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Winter Gift Show

Winter Gift Show

December 2 – 28

Reception: December 2, 5:00–7:00pm

Continue your holiday shopping at Chico Art Center! Artists set up shop to sell one-­of-a-kind, handcrafted goods; pottery, jewelry, paintings, prints, cards, accessories and more.

Call to Artists

Artists, want to “set up shop” for the holidays? The Chico Art Center rents out the gallery in sections; wall space, approx. 48 inches wide from floor to ceiling, and floor space of 4 feet square space to exhibit their works for sale during the holiday season. Artists control how their works are displayed within their space. Spaces range from $100-$200.

Set up shop: Nov. 28 - 30,12-4pm. De-install: Dec. 29-31, 12-4pm

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Great Northern Holiday Group Show

December 2016

Max Infeld
Michael Egan
Suzy Tolen
Caitlin Gale
Steve Selente
Krista Gray
Christine Fulton
Andy Greer
Erin Wade
Zephyr Ian Farris

Day of the Dead 2016

Day of the Dead Live Art Exhibit

November 4 - 25

Reception with Chili Cook Off, Music, Face Painting, Papel Picados Activity Table: Friday, November 4, 5-7pm

Papel Picados Demonstration: Saturday, November 12, 10am - Noon

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Honor ancestors and loved ones at this lively exhibit of altars, artwork, poetry and music. Offer flowers, photos, little sculptures or sweets on the community altar. “Ofrendas” are built this time of year to entice those who have passed to the other side back for a visit. Make papel picados at our activity table. All are welcome to contribute to the richness of our multicultural society.

Honra a los ancestros y seres queridos en esta animada exhibición de altares, obras de arte, poesía y música. Ofrece flores, fotos, pequeñas esculturas o dulces para el altar comunitario. Puedes hacer papel picado en nuestra mesa actividades o tenga su cara pintada en la recepción. Todos son bienvenidos a contribuir a la riqueza de nuestra sociedad multicultural.

This was an open call for entries. All artists were welcome to submit artwork relating to the theme of celebrating life and recognizing the value of those that positively shape our lives.

Artists: Drop Off Artwork/Install Personal Alter: October 30-3,
Pick Up: November 26-27

Entry Form | Chili Entry & Trophy Info

Open Studios Art Tour 2016

Open Studios Art Tour
2016 Preview Exhibition

October 7 – 30

Kick-Off Reception: October 21, 5:00–7:00pm

Not sure which artists studios to visit or simply want to streamline your Open Studios experience? Make CAC's Preview Exhibit your first stop! Check out examples of the amazing talent participating in Open Studios Art Tour and pick up your Guidebook with studio map for $10. Let the adventure begin!

Artist Invite | Application

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Individual or Family

Open Studios Art Tour

weekends: October 22-23 & 29-30

CAC invites the public into local artists’ studios, providing not only a glimpse into the working process of the community’s talent, but also a chance to meet the people that make Chico an Art Community. Guidebooks with maps are available at our front desk and at local art galleries.

You can buy a guidebook at: Art Etc, 122 W. 3rd Street; Chico Paper, 4th & Broadway; Ellis Art, 122 Broadway; Sally Dimas, 493 East Ave.; Made in Chico, W. 3rd St.; 9th Avenue Gallery, 180-1 9th Ave; Broken Color Gallery, 1360 Montgomery St., Oroville.

Small World, Small Works 2016

Small World / Small Works

September 9 - 30

Reception: September 9, 5:00–7:00pm

An exhibition of 12x12”artworks by artists of all ages from all walks of life. Bring the family and view art by your neighbors and friends.

Entry Form

Voyanic: Space Gardens and Alt Beings

Voyanic: Space Gardens and Alt Beings

All of September
at Great Northern Coffee

Sculpture by Sienna Orlando-Lalaguna and drawings by Trevor Lalaguna. Playful portals capture abstract views of cultivation, civilization and alternate beings.


All Media 2016

National All Media Juried Exhibition

August 5 – September 2

Opening Reception Friday, August 5, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Awards announced at 7:00pm

Click on highlighted artists names for info: Dennis Berkla, Brian Buss, Eva Camacho, Nancy Campbell, Gordon Cancee, Indigo Carlton, Karen Cruikshank,
Julio Del Sesto, Halina Domanski, Brinille Ellis, Linda Good, Cris Guenter,
Annette Hassell, Helen Hedfield, Kandis Horton, Marcus Howell, Marilynn Jennings, Ernest King, Nicolai Larsen, Jim Lawrence, Tonia Matthews, Tim McCourt,
Holly Savas, Jon Shult, Carol Smith, William Soller, Noah Starer, Lori Stevens, Jeffrey Sully, Paul Trapp, Gary Wagner, erin wells, Dennis Wickes, Lauren Yandell, and Sheryl Yeager.

Join us for a pre-reception dinner and talk by DeWitt Cheng.
*All dietary needs considered.

Friday, August 5th, 5:00-6:30pm
Talk at 6:00pm

$10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Tickets available in advance at the CAC front desk.

Chico Art Center is pleased to present artwork from across the United States in the National All Media Juried Exhibition. Juror DeWitt Cheng made his selections of outstanding work from over one hundred and fifty entries. Cheng will announce the winners of cash prizes at 7 P.M. In celebration, a selection of summer salads will be served while enjoying a presentation by the juror.

Juror Bio

DeWitt Cheng’s reviews have appeared in many publications, both print and online including Art21 and HuffingtonPost. He is the author of Inside Out: The Paintings of William Harsh. He curates contemporary art exhibitions for Stanford Art Spaces which mounts rotating shows of contemporary art in non-traditional spaces.

Online Entry Form | Entry Form Document (MS Word)

Chico Masters, Past & Present

Chico Masters, Past and Present Works:

Jerril Dean Kopp, Chris Cantello, and Waif Mullins

July 8 - 29

Reception: July 8, 5:00–7:00pm

Three local “Masters” will display past and present works.

Jerril Dean Kopp

Jerril Dean Kopp started drawing as a child. A teacher recognized her gift for art and encouraged her to continue drawing. It is because of this encouragement that we may enjoy her paintings, drawings, blown glass, and sculptures today. Water colors, oils, pastels, and colored pencils are her favorite mediums, though enjoys enjoys all media. Kopp's work has been seen all over the country from her home town of Chico, California to as far away as New York City, New York. She earned a Bachelor and a Master's Degree in Art from CSU, Chico. Children and adults from all over the North Valley have been mentored by her and her love of drawing.

Jerril Dean Green Kopp was born on April 19th,1944 in Northern California. She is the wife of the late Patrick Kopp, the mother of two daughters, Lis and Kerrie and grandmother of four grandchildren whom are the loves of her life. Kopp has been a member at the Chico Art Center for decades. She was the original gallery director. She has taught paper making as well as a plethora of studio art classes at CSU, Chico and Butte College.

Waif Mullins

People most often mention the sense of light when commentingWhether painted from life or developed from photographic references, I search for a dramatic presentation in my artwork through the use of lighting, color, and value to lead the viewer through the painting, to focus attention on the main subject. Relationships of scale are often used to add depth and an enhanced sense of reality.

Waif Mullins was born in Jackson, Tennessee, but has lived in Northern California (Chico)for most of his life. After his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University (1972), Waif completed a Masters Degree program in 1980. Waif is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member Society of Western Artists, and of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Waif began teaching oil painting and pastel painting classes in 1998, and has given demonstrations and critiques for artist organizations throughout the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area. His paintings have received numerous awards from regional and National juried art exhibitions. In addition, Waif’s work has been featured in national art magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine (August 2003 issue in Greg Schaber’s cover story article, "Secrets to Sparkling Water"); and in Pastel Artist International. For more information visit

Chris Cantello

"In the pursuit of excellence, I'm always pushing the edges of my understanding of clay, glazes and firing. This seems to be the reality of my path. It's the magic in the process that intrigues me and keeps me seeking more. I strive to make each piece of work reveal its gifts. Be it functional or not, the magic and artistry must be there or it's just another pot. A quality piece of ceramics will have a life force and this force must captivate the viewer. It has always been my intention to inspire, excite and sometimes challenge those who experience my art."

“Chris Cantello stands of his work that renders each piece a work of art, no matter how functional it may be.” - Charles Moore, Fine Art Ceramics Magazine, March 2002

Interview with Waif Mullins on Weekend Showcase, KCHO/NSPR
(Go to minute 18:08)


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Let's Keep Water-Media Painting Alive

Lets Keep Water-Media Painting Alive

Juried by Ann Pierce

June 10 – July 1

Reception: June 10, 5:00–7:00pm

This show is dedicated to the art of Watercolor painting. Open to North State residences. There will be a jury process for participation. Ann Pierce will choose the winning art and cash prizes will be presented.

Email for more info: | Ann Pierce Statement | Ann T. Pierce Interview

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Food In Art - The Art of Food

Food in Art - The Art of Food

May 13 – June 3

Reception: May 16, 5:00–7:00pm

This show will make your mouth water. Art, photographs and 3D art of Edibles, with creations on display from local Chef’s.

Entry Application

Food Creation Entry Form | Gallery Show Entry Form

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Food Creation Entry:


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Contemporary Woman 10

Contemporary Woman:
Open to all Women 18 and older

April 8 – May 6

Reception: April 8, 5:00–7:00pm

Our 10th annual Contemporary Woman art showcase is open to all women 18 and older, worldwide. This is a juried show, and as such requires an application (available online or at the Art Center). This very important exhibit examines the contributions of women in the art world, and their expression as female artists.

Prospectus | Online Entry Form

Creative Fusion 11

Creative Fusion:
Junior and Senior High Students

March 11 – April 1

Reception: March 11, 5:00–7:00pm

An Exhibit of exceptional student artwork, chosen by the instructors from Chico’s Junior and Senior High School students. This show offers very young artists the opportunity to be in their first show!

Discovery Series

Discovery Series

February 12 – March 4

Reception: February 12, 5:00–7:00pm

In this series we present to the public, artists that have had limited local exposure. The show is limited to three, allowing for a representational body of work to be presented. It is open to artists from outside of our geographical area, as well as local artists.

This years participating artists are: Paula Schultz - Photography, Steve Dunn - Abstract Painting, Frank Lopez-Motnyk - Architecture/Abstract 2D & 3D Works.

Members Showcase 2016

Members Showcase

January 15 – February 5

Reception: January 15, 5:00–7:00pm

Members Potluck January 9, 6:00-8:00pm

The Member Showcase is open to all members of the Chico Art Center. Members may submit one work of art for the show. This show has a vast and diverse array of art covering all styles and media. A show that truly has something for everyone's taste.

Entry Form

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